John Adams

John Adams

John Adams (October 30, 1735 — July 4, 1826) was the second President of the United States, and America’s first Vice President under George Washington. Adams was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and an early voice for separation from Great Britain.

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Adams Electronic Archive: Correspondence between John and Abigail Adams5 stars

John and Abigail Adams exchanged over 1150 letters during their courtship and marriage. "These warm and informative letters include John's descriptions of the Continental Congress and his impressions of Europe while he served in various diplomatic roles, as well as Abigail's updates about their family, farm, and news of the Revolution's impact on the Boston area." This archive shows both an image of the original letter, and a transcription. This is a fascinating archive of primary source documents that provide a unique insight into the man and the times.

American Experience: John and Abigail Adams5 stars

Although you can't watch the this PBS special online, you can read the transcript, and enjoy a handful of special web-only features such as The Choice for Revolution. "John Adams was born in the American colonies, and grew up as a subject of Great Britain. Beginning in the 1760s, soon after he had finished his legal studies, a series of political events forced him to question Britain's rule, and think hard about the rights of American colonists." Other highlights are an illustrated time line, and audio narrations from letters written by John and Abigail Adams.

ClassBrain: John Adams4 stars

ClassBrain gives us a simple one-page biography, with a set of links for further research, and two book lists: one for kids, and one for teens and grownups. Elsewhere on the ClassBrain website, is a transcription of the Alien Act, one of four approved by President Adams giving the government the power to deport aliens based on public safety. Proponents of the acts said they protected America from foreign enemies, while the opposition said they were unconstitutional. Of the four acts (known jointly as the Alien and Sedition Acts) only the Alien Act is still enforce today.

Garden of Praise: John Adams5 stars

"John Adams was born in Massachusetts, the son of a farmer. He enjoyed farming and hunting while he was growing up. His father taught him to read when he was very young, then he attended school and entered Harvard on a scholarship when he was fifteen years old and graduated when he was twenty." This John Adams biography for elementary students is accompanied by eleven games and printables, including a word search, coloring page and crossword puzzle.

HBO Films: John Adams5 stars

This online guide to the epic, seven-part HBO mini-series includes the usual behind-the-scenes conversations with the playwright, directors and actors. The best reasons to visit, however, are episode summaries , interactive timeline, and the teacher and student guides. The printable Student Guide (in PDF) includes a biography, a few quotations, important statistics, a timeline, and an introduction to the Adams' letters.

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Adams National Historical Park

Internet Public Library: POTUS: John Adams

Massachusetts Historical Society: The Adams Family

White House: Biography of John Adams


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Feldman, Barbara. "John Adams." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 1 Jul. 2008. Web. 1 Aug. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/john-adams/ >.


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